Sometimes, when you are playing a game online, your opponent resigns quite early. Maybe your opponent dropped some material or just had to leave the game for something that was going on in the household. In these instances, you might be curious as to how your game could have continued.
Chess.com has a nice feature that allows you to finish the game versus the computer. You can do this after your live game concludes or through the game archive screen. You can select the computer’s difficulty level and even choose which color pieces to play with. This can be a lot of fun if you want to see how you could complete an attack, convert a material advantage, execute a mating net, defend a position properly, or many other circumstances.
Below is a short tutorial on how to do this–the feature is fairly easy to find but also easy to miss if you aren’t looking for it.
If you prefer text, here are the steps:
Step 1: Go to your Game Archive
Step 2: Load any one of your concluded games. It doesn’t matter what time control or type of game it was.
Step 3: Click on the little computer icon (not the one with the magnifying glass–the other one).
Step 4: Click on the “Level” link at the top right of the screen to change the difficulty level and other options.
Step 5: Play!